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Price Waterhouse Cooper (PwC): our latest Blue Chip client releases “Skies Without Limits”

PWC Report "Skies Without Limits"

Price Waterhouse Cooper (PwC) state in their latest report - Skies Without Limits; “that drones are becoming an increasingly familiar aspect of life and work in the UK today.”  It's a view that QuestUAV shares and it's no surprise that we have already carried out work alongside PwC using our small fixed wing drones. The gates are open to future business opportunities together. 

QuestUAV can rapidly provide absolute and verified accuracies of up to 3cm on large sites where traditional survey methods take much longer. 

The economic impact for the UK economy with such tools is significant and in "Skies Without Limits" it is conservatively estimated that £16bn in net cost savings can be made by the UK economy by 2030.

PwC refers to the Fourth Industrial Revolution  as the epoch we live in, with its accelerated innovations that help address some of the world’s most pressing environmental challenges. 

QuestUAV is working in partnership with Droneflight to bring a wider scope of drone capability including rotary (multirotor) to the PwC collaboration.  

The full report is at "Skies Without Limits"

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Ugandan Delegation visits QuestUAV Headquarters

Ugandan Delegation visits Quest UAV HeadquartersImage of Q200 Surveyor Pro Package

A Ugandan delegation recently visited QuestUAV in Northumberland. The purpose of the visit was to carry out an inspection of the Q200 drone mapping equipment they had purchased from Quest UAV.

An inspection team had been nominated by the Ugandan Ministry of Education and Sports. The team included representatives from Makerere, Kyambogo and Busitema Universities and was led by Mr Twesigye Boaz Collins of Benefit Worldwide Ltd.

Benefit Worldwide is a company invested in bringing new technology to researchers in Uganda. Makerere University delegates will receive training later this year in UK. The university team consisting of Moses, Michael, Joseph and Gregory.

The team also learned about the further considerations needed to operate a drone safely in Uganda. As a typical liaison visit, the group were picked up from the local train station, driven to the QuestUAV premises, and shown around the business, prior to the inspection and consultation.

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Introducing the DATAHawk II

QuestUAV DATAhawk II

QuestUAV, the UK’s most established fixed-wing UAS developer, has applied its expertise to a new airframe model, the DATAHawk II.  Two years in the making, this new high density moulded design brings improved performance and greatly reduced costs.

The key to its success has come from then listening carefully to what the customer wants, and blending that with the optimum arrangement of components and performance of the final product.

The biggest request we had was for lower prices. In order to achieve that, we needed to reduce our own manufacturing costs and this has meant big changes in the way we work.  Our new business model is leaner and more efficient, meaning we can move cost savings on to the customer.  Choosing to use a pre-cut moulded body for the DATAHawk II was always an option and working alongside DS Smith has proven to be a good partnership and a huge benefit to Quest and its Clients.

DS Smith produced a promotional video all about QuestUAV and how their services helped us move forward with our new business model. Check it out.  We look forward to working them again very soon.

More details of the DATAHawk II will be available publicly soon.  If you would like to know more about its affordable pricing please contact QuestUAV. sales@questuav.com +44 1665 479042 or make an enquiry using our contact page.

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Commercial UAV Show – ExCel London 15th-16th November

The Commercial UAV Show 2017

We will once again be attending The Commercial UAV Show in London on November 15th and 16th.

This is an opportunity to meet up with us to discuss your Fixed Wing UAV needs, whether you have already made an enquiry with us or would just like to introduce yourself, we are more than happy to schedule an appointment with you.

If you would like to pre-book a time slot please contact us.

The Commercial UAV Show 2017
The Commercial UAV Show 2017
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QuestUAV DroneGirls React To Sexist Complaint


QuestUAV DroneGirls React to "Sexist" Comments


 

 

Jo Harris, DroneGirl

Jo Harris, QuestUAV DroneGirl

 

Jo Harris, female marketing consultant at QuestUAV wrote an article entitled “Drone Boys vs Drone Girls” on 21 Feb 2017.

SuasNews received a complaint following the publishing of the article complaining that the article was “flagrantly sexist, male-centric and benighted”.

The complainant went on the say “You owe your readers, both female and male, an apology for posting such a degrading article.”

The following is a statement from QuestUAV director Nigel King, defending the author of the original article “Drone Boys vs Drone Girls”.

 

 

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Kerstin... "It was an ironic piece phrased in an unassuming way to show women's presence in the drone world."

Kerstin QuestUAV DroneGirl

DroneGirls Kerstin and Carla on PPK trials

DroneGirl Jess

DroneGirl Jess and Her Dad

 


Comment By Nigel King.  QuestUAV Director 

 

“Jo Harris, my marketing publicist, is a DroneGirl through and through, having been in the industry for five years now.

She was itching to write a piece on one of her favourite subjects; That woman have as much a right to a role in the drone world as anyone. (And by process of deduction that simply means as much as any man!).  

I gave her my blessing. And then hid under the desk….

Now we have a saying here in the North of England. Jo Harris “isn’t backward in coming forward”. It means she is pretty outspoken. Most DroneGirls are.

In fact let me tell you a little about my female staff in general…… the “DroneGirls” of QuestUAV.

Kerstin Traut, international drone operative, the smallest of my DroneGirls, can throw me to the ground quicker than anyone I know. Donna can organise accounts better than a Ninja warrior can dispatch enemy heads. Heather is fearless, loves her bright red lipstick and tells me I don’t work hard enough. Actually so does Jess, my grandaughter (part time worker).   Jo Harris looks after a family of five and still manages at least four days a week at work. Carla Taylor took one look at the picture of the guy that wrote the complaint and went “he’s cute’ and promptly sent a Linkedin invitation to him. Between them they do a hundred different jobs including, yes, drone stuff.

Don’t you love it that kind of variety and uniqueness? I do! Life wouldn’t be the same around here.

So, who was to know that Jo and her DroneGirl colleagues, in all their feminine uniqueness, would be then hailed as (I quote)

“Flagrantly sexist, male-centric and benighted”, degrading their own feminine uniqueness in a  “demeaning”, “sexual” and “callow” way.

For real? Having read the complaint, the members of the pink flight-line naturally looked at each other with that “very confused” look. And then took great interest in the writer of the complaint… Believe me, it’s a dangerous situation for a bloke to be in the middle of.

Their accuser is, it seems, a MALE drone business owner, unable to identify Jo’s sense of humour OR identity as a the DroneGirl who penned the article (Two pictures of her were in the article).

When I asked Jo for a statement on the validity of the complaint Jo said in typical Jo Harris simplicity….

“Idiot”.

 

 

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DroneGirls Heather, Carla and Jo

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Our Pink DATAhawk, icon of the QuestUAV DroneGirls

 

The complainant has since requested to withhold his complaint from being published but has demanded an apology from SUAS news on behalf of the rest of the world.

Well, truly, to anyone who has been offended (only one that we can make out so far) we offer our genuine apologies. There is no offence made at all. We hope that any reader can read between the lines of humour to the real message that each DroneGirl is a professional and rightly treated (and paid) as such.

My message to Mr Fox is;   “Do you really want to take these DroneGirls own self expression and competence out of their own hands and protect them with some faux grandeur that you want to call anti-feminisim? If so I suggest you go and find a woman who doesn’t want to have a door opened for her and then don’t open the door for her. Just don’t try it on here. It’s not welcome.”

Kerstin, DroneGirl, also had something piercing to say.

“I’ve travelled the world, operating complex UAVs all over the world and done missions that Luke probably cant even dream about. I’m not an arrogant person. I know about my knowledge and my skills and therefore this article isn’t sexist at all. I feel like I am a professional UAV operator and this article was just an interesting way to show our take on DroneGirls in the industry. It was an ironic piece phrased in an unassuming way to show our presence in the drone world.”